Outsourcing vs. offshoring, and how U.S.-based technical writers can stay competitive « Your Writing Dept Blog
Outsourcing vs. offshoring, and how U.S.-based technical writers can stay competitive « Your Writing Dept Blog. Ron Creel explains the difference between offshoring and outsourcing. Basically, offshoring is outsourcing outside your country. He also highlights the dangers of immigrant bashing. I think it's easy to feel threatened by offshoring or outsourcing because it poses risks to your job (if you're a company employee). However, there are numerous benefits to employing writers full time rather than outsourcing the work. One main skill is that the writer becomes a product expert and can provide multiple roles: training, support, maintenance, additional deliverables.
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